A master of melody who has been releasing elegant and soothing piano-centered recordings (with gorgeous cover imagery) on Real Music since 1996's In the Enchanted Garden, Kern has over the years provided the soothing and inspiring soundtrack to thousands of dreams sparking Imagination's Light (his 2005 collection). His graceful touch and tunes have long been part of weddings and moments of physical and emotional healing. Ironically for an artist so renowned for his ivory magic, before Enchanted Piano he always colored his compositions with various harmony lines, lush soundscapes, orchestration, and creative instrumentation. A perfect complement to his 2002 compilation More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern -- and featuring three beautifully hypnotic pieces from his subsequent album Imagination's Light -- this set is a loving response to the requests of thousands of fans who wondered how their favorites (most from earlier in his career) would sound pure and unadorned as he first imagined and wrote them. As his liner notes say, "This is my gift to each of you, a collection of the special songs you have loved best on the instrument I love most." The enchantment is mutual, and could inspire Kern to take a fresh and simpler approach to his future output.
Enchanted Piano Review
by Jonathan Widran